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Dec. 11-17 Movies Calendar

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Tyler Perry stars as Madea in "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas."
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FILM RATINGS

4 stars PETER DINKLAGE

3 stars TONY COX

2 stars VERNE TROYER

1 star WARWICK DAVIS



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12 YEARS A SLAVE
4 stars

Rated R
Chiwetel Ejiofor is great in the powerful film based on real events. He plays Solomon, a free black man in pre-Civil War New York who’s abducted, then sold into slavery for 12 cruel years. He meets a Canadian abolitionist and hopes his misery is over. Co-stars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Quvenzhané Wallis


THE ARMSTRONG LIE 
3 1/2 stars

Rated R
Oscar-winner Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) utilized unprecedented access to chronicle a sports legend’s rise and fall from grace in this documentary. On camera, Lance Armstrong admits, “I didn’t live a lot of lies, but I lived one big one.”

BAD GRANDPA
2 stars

Rated R
“Jackass” character Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) and impressionable young grandson, Billy (Jackson Nicoll), go on a wild hidden-camera road trip across America, placing real citizens in stupid situations.

THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY
2 stars

Rated R
This comedy, just in time for the holidays, has the best-looking cast we’ve ever seen. Really: Monica Calhoun, Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrance Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Eddie Cibrian and Atif Lanier.

BLACK NATIVITY
1 1/2 stars

Rated PG
The holiday musical, based on Langston Hughes’ play, is about Langston (Jacob Latimore), an adolescent who spends Christmas with grandparents he’s never met – a strict preacher and his wife (Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett) – New York City kin of his single mother Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Co-stars Tyrese Gibson, Mary J. Blige and Nas.

THE BOOK THIEF
4 stars

Rated PG-13
Amid the chaos and horror of WWII, Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) steals books – before the Nazis can burn them – and shares them with the folks around her. Co-stars Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson.

BULLETT RAJA
2 stars

Not Rated
The new action movie co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Sonakshi Sinha and Jimmy Shergill. In Hindi.

THE BUTLER 
2 stars

Rated PG-13
Forest Whitaker plays White House butler Cecil Gaines, who served eight U.S. presidents over three decades, witnessing many of the 20th century’s biggest moments. Co-stars James Marsden, Minka Kelly, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, John Cusack and Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower. Really? Mork is Ike?

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
3 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13
Tom Hanks plays Phillips, a sea captain whose cargo ship is boarded by Somali pirates – Muse (Barkhad Abdi), Bilal (Barkhad Abdirahman), Najee (Faysal Ahmed) and Elmi (Mahat M. Ali) – in April 2009.

THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE
2 stars

Rated PG
This fantasy drama is set in 1890s England, as the modern convenience of electricity threatens to end a centuries-old legend of a candle and its miraculous powers. Co-stars Susan Boyle and Hans Matheson.

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
3 1/2 stars

Rated R
The drama, based on a true story, is sparking serious Oscar talk for stars Matthew McConaughey, who plays redneck electrician Ron, and Jared Leto, who plays transvestite Rayon in Dallas, 1985. Ron is shocked when he learns he’s HIV-positive, with only one month to live. He’s even more stunned to find out the drugs that might save his life aren’t for sale in the U.S. Co-stars Jennifer Garner, Steve Zahn and Griffin Dunne.

DEAR MR. WATTERSON: AN EXPLORATION OF 'CALVIN & HOBBES'
2 stars

Opens Dec. 13 at Sun-Ray Cinema
The documentary from Joel Allen Schroeder sheds some light on the reclusive comic strip writer Bill Watterson.

DELIVERY MAN
2 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13
Underachiever David Wozniak discovers his 691 sperm donations to a fertility clinic in the early 1990s resulted in 533 children, 142 of whom filed a court action seeking his identity – they want to meet the man known only by his donor nom d’essence, “Starbuck.” Co-stars Cobie Smulders and Chris Pratt.

ENDER’S GAME
3 stars

Rated PG-13
In the not-so-distant future, the International Military searches for a young soldier to command troops in battle against an alien foe. Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) chooses bright young mind Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) to lead the fight to determine the future of Earth.

FREE BIRDS
2 stars

Rated PG
This animated comedy, with voices of Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Dan Fogler, Amy Poehler and George Takei, explores time travel by two determined turkeys who want to not be the main course for the holidays.

FROZEN
3 1/2 stars

Rated PG
Disney’s latest feature introduces sisters Anna and Elsa, royalty of the northern land of Arendelle. Princess Anna (Kristen Bell) and Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) are strong characters in this animated version of “The Snow Queen.”

GRAVITY
4 stars

Rated PG-13
The out-of-this-world survival story from director Alfonso Cuaron stars Sandra Bullock as medical engineer Ryan Stone and George Clooney as experienced astronaut Matt Kowalsky. While outside the ship making repairs, communication with Houston is severed. They’re left tethered together, floating 375 miles above the Earth. How will they survive?

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
4 stars

Rated PG-13
Director Peter Jackson's second in his trilogy of Tolkien’s novel stars Benedict Cumberbatch in dual roles (Necromancer, Smaug) and Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf. Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Evangeline Lilly and Hugo Weaving co-star.

HOMEFRONT
3 stars

Rated R
Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay and Jason Statham is the hero, DEA agent Phil Broker, who kicks ass and looks cool doing so. Co-stars James Franco (who's in danger of over-exposure), Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
3 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13
In Part 2 of the trilogy, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is a celebrity warrior hero manipulated by the Capitol’s leader Snow (Donald Sutherland). There’s revolution in the air due to her win at the Games. Co-stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Willow Shields (Will and Jada’s daughter) and Jack Quaid (Dennis and Meg’s son).

INEQUALITY FOR ALL
2 1/2 stars

Rated PG

Sun-Ray Cinema
As the 1 percenters get richer and the rest of us don't, former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich seeks to raise awareness of the yawning chasm that separates us.

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
3 1/2 stars

Rated R
The Coen Brothers score another quirky hit with this wry tale of Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), a folksinger trying to make it in the ’60s folkie scene, which couldn't decide if it was protest, pop or pap, what with Dylan getting play from WABC's Cousin Brucie and the rest of Greenwich Village scrambling to plug in. Co-stars Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan and John Goodman.

LAST VEGAS
1 stars

Rated PG-13
Sixty-somethings Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) meet in Las Vegas to throw a bachelor party for their last single friend, Billy (Michael Douglas), who’s marrying his much younger girlfriend.

A MADEA CHRISTMAS
Rated PG-13
Tyler Perry is wringing every last ounce from his creation Madea; now she's celebrating Christmas with her brutal panache. Co-stars Chad Michael Murray (OMG!), Tike Sumpter, Larry the Cable Guy, Kathy Najimy and Anna Maria Horsford.

OLDBOY
1 1/2 stars

Rated R
Josh Brolin plays Joe, a man who was kidnapped and kept in solitary confinement for 20 years for no apparent reason. Well, he was an advertising exec … Co-stars Elizabeth Olsen and Samuel L. Jackson.

OUT OF THE FURNACE
3 stars

Rated R
Everyman Russell Baze (Christian Bale) takes care of his terminally ill father while working at the steel mill. When his brother Rodney (Casey Affleck), an Iraq War vet, joins a crime ring then disappears, Russell seeks justice. Directed by Scott Cooper, the film co-stars Forest Whitaker, Woody Harrelson and Zoe Saldana.

PHILOMENA
4 stars

Rated PG-13
Journalist Martin (Steve Coogan) needs to boost his career. Philomena (Dame Judi Dench) wants to find the son she gave up for adoption, forced by not-so-holy nuns decades earlier. Stephen Frears directed.

THE PRIME MINISTERS: THE PIONEERS
Not Rated
The documentary examines the leaders of Israel as observed by Ambassador Yehuda Avner, speechwriter and chief aide to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin and Shimon Peres.

R … RAJKUMAR
1 1/2 stars

Not Rated
It's kind of a "Dirty Dancing" story — bad boy falls for good girl — except no dancing. Oh wait; we take that back. It's a Bollywood action/rom-com. In Hindi.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD
3 stars

Rated PG-13
The sequel, with more action and special effects, stars Chris Hemsworth as the golden-tressed Thor and Natalie Portman as his Earth-time girlfriend Jane. Co-stars Christopher Eccleston, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgard.



OTHER FILMS


SUN-RAY CINEMA

The holiday show "Everything is Terrible" is screened Dec. 12 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Riverside. "The Last Unicorn," with an appearance by Peter Beagle, shows 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 15. "Elf" shows Dec. 17. For details, call 359-0047 or go to sunraycinema.com.

LATITUDE 30 MOVIES 
“Ender's Game” and "Planes" screen at CineGrille, Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. Call for showtimes. 365-5555.

WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME IMAX THEATER 
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Great White Shark 3D,” “Tornado Alley 3D” and “The Last Reef 3D” are screened at World Golf Hall of Fame Village IMAX Theater, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine, 940-IMAX, worldgolfimax.com.

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